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A CIZHOU-TYPE RUSSET-DECORATED BLACKISH-BROWN-GLAZED BOTTLE, XIAOKOU PING
A CIZHOU-TYPE RUSSET-DECORATED BLACKISH-BROWN-GLAZED BOTTLE, XIAOKOU PING

JIN DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY

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A CIZHOU-TYPE RUSSET-DECORATED BLACKISH-BROWN-GLAZED BOTTLE, XIAOKOU PING
JIN DYNASTY, 13TH CENTURY
The broad ovoid bottle is covered with a blackish-brown glaze and is freely painted in russet with a leafy chrysanthemum spray. The bottom of the foot is unglazed.
8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high, Japanese wood box
Provenance
A Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1990s.

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Lot Essay

Ovoid bottles of this type, with these distinctive small, ringed mouths, are termed xiaokou ping (small-mouthed bottles), and were probably sealed with a fabric-wrapped dowel and used for storing wine and other liquids. A similar bottle, also painted with chrysanthemum stems, in the collection of Dr. Robert E. Barron III, M.D., illustrated by Robert D. Mowry in Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Harvard University Art Museums, 1995, p. 165, no. 55, was subsequently sold at Christie's New York, 30 March 2005, lot 303.

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